For Yoga Teacher and Owner of Lumina Family Yoga, Rebecca Reagan, when she started her business this year, she knew she wanted to make every person and child feel connected with each other and foster family bonding.
After having the idea in her head for quite some time, Reagan worked as a children’s yoga teacher and was inspired by the parents she talked to who either took adult yoga classes or were interested in trying them after enrolling their children in yoga.
“I had also conducted research during my Master’s degree that taught me about the ways in which families have an enormous impact on children’s psychosocial development and wellbeing,” she shares. “From here, I got the idea to start teaching family yoga classes and work to create an environment that supports families in maintaining close relationships throughout the lifespan.” When Reagan was younger, she took a children’s yoga class offered at a community centre with one of her friends and loved it.
“I immediately connected with the idea of practicing meditation and mindfulness but felt it difficult to do as a high-strung, stressed-out teen,” she explains. “Regardless, I tried my first adult yoga class at a studio downtown and really enjoyed that it took me out of my head for an hour and into my body. After that, I started occasionally practicing because I couldn’t afford a regular membership at a studio, and once I learned enough poses, I started doing them at home.”
While also obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a Master’s degree in Human Kinetics, Reagan shares that she enjoys teaching adult and children’s yoga classes separately. Although, she thinks the real magic happens when you can witness the family bonding that occurs when parents and children are given a chance to participate in physical activity together. “In addition, much of the family yoga classes I have seen offered are either parents and children or mother/daughter dynamics. With my classes, I want to acknowledge that family dynamics and relationships are not limited to nuclear and or biological families,” she says. “For this reason, I intend to create classes outside of what is currently being offered, with the message that you may bring anyone who you consider family. I also want to engage all members of the family, including grandparents, who are often forgotten about in the family yoga setting.”